Is Watson living up to his promises?

IBM held a special keynote event in New York today where it, among other things, discussed the future of Watson.

Autism more common in hi-tech areas

Autism is more common in geographical areas with a high proportion of engineers and IT specialists, a Cambridge University study has found. And, they say, this may be partly because autism is linked to skills seen as desirable in a tech-savvy society.

Analysis: US falls behind in life expectancy

There’s yet more evidence to suggest America is in a downward economic spiral. That’s because a recently released report indicates life expectancy in the US is falling.  

Team overrides faulty genetic signalling for first time

Scientists have discovered an entirely new way to change the genetic code, bringing hope of treatments for devastating genetic disorders such as cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy and many forms of cancer.

Green groups slam geoengineering proposals

Yesterday, 125 international and national organizations hit out at proposals from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that geoengineering projects could be the answer to climate change.

TV gives you diabetes and heart disease

Stay away from that television - it could kill you. While you might think there's no harm in checking out what the Kardashians are up to,  they could be giving you fatal diseases.

Fermilab fails to confirm existence of new particle

Physicists at the US Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory say they've been unable to confirm the existence of a new particle indicated by Fermilab experiments in April.

Scientists think ‘Super’ wheat will boost food security

Scientists claim that they’re almost ready to produce “super varieties” of wheat. They say the strains will resist fungus, yield more wheat, and neutralize deadly threats to the food supply.

Human evolution much slower than supposed

Human beings are evolving much more slowly than previously believed, new research shows - maybe at just a third of the rate.

Living laser created from human kidney cell

Scientists, rather unbelievably, have created a functioning laser from a single living human kidney cell.

Lone inventor creates stronger steel

A Detroit inventor has found a way to make steel seven percent stronger than any steel on record, offering the promise of lighter, thinner car bodies and stronger armored vehicles.

Spies get new exercise regimen … for their brains

The intelligence community has a new workout regimen from an unlikely source: social science. Yes, intelligence analysts will now have to engage in mental gymnastics.

Periodic table gains two new elements

Two new elements have been officially added to the periodic table - twelve years after they were first discovered.

Alternative to antibiotics discovered

With bacteria increasingly developing resistance to antibiotics, German researchers say they've found a replacement.

GPS used to detect illegal nuclear tests

At this week's Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) meeting, American researchers will unveil a new tool for detecting illegal nuclear explosions: the Earth’s global positioning system (GPS).

How to probe quantum weirdness in a nano-nut-shell

An international team of researchers has developed an artificial semiconductor structure capable of superimposing a pattern created by advanced fabrication methods that are precise at the nanometer scale.

Smart bandage warns of infection

Australian scientists have developed a 'smart bandage' that changes color when a wound becomes infected.

Neuroscientists find a new way to wipe pain away

Researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine have discovered a new way to deal with chronic pain. And it’s not medical marijuana.

Team dramatically improves US flood and drought prediction

A Columbia Engineering School team says it's made a major step in improving forecasts of extreme weather events in the US.

Male contraceptive pill under development

Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center believe they're close to developing a male contraceptive pill with none of the side effects of previous, steroid-based versions.